U.S. says Russia is creating possible "pretext for invasion" of Ukraine

U.S. says Russia is creating possible "pretext for invasion" of Ukraine

Jan 15, 2022 by World - CBSNews.com

Key Facts

  • The official told CBS News on Friday the Russian operatives were "trained in urban warfare and in using explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia's own proxy-forces," and could take action "several weeks before a military invasion, which could begin between mid-January and mid-February."
  • Online, Russian actors have also been fabricating "Ukrainian provocations in state and social media to justify a Russian intervention and sow divisions in Ukraine," the U.S. official said, noting there was a 200% increase last month in Russian-language narratives blaming the West and Ukrainian authorities for escalating tensions.
  • He said the U.S. is ready to respond to Russia if it abandons diplomatic talks in favor of military aggression, but said the U.S. intelligence community had not determined that Moscow had "definitively decided" to mount a Ukraine invasion.
  • "We're ready to make progress at the negotiating table – serious, tangible progress on important issues of concern to us, to Europe, and to Russia in an environment of de-escalation," Sullivan said.

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